N. T. Wright's Paul: In Fresh Perspective

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INTRODUCTION
N. T. Wright, or Nicholas Thomas Wright, is a former Anglican minister – namely the Bishop of Durham – who is widely considered a gifted biblical scholar and prolific author in the field of Christian theology and Early Christianity, and especially Pauline texts . Despite his reluctance, N. T. Wright is unavoidably associated with more or less a different approach to the reading of Apostle Paul, which has gained currency as “the new perspective” – a term coined by James Dunn . While Wright regards himself as “deeply orthodox theologian”, or an evangelical with unswerving commitment to the Christian orthodoxy, some of his contemporaries see his influence in Pauline studies as “traversing denominational divides and attracting Roman
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T. Wright’s book, Paul: In Fresh Perspective, is organized in two parts –Themes and Structures – each consisted of four chapters. Thus, part one – Themes – comprises the following chapters: Paul’s World, Paul’s Legacy, Creation and Covenant, Messiah and Apocalyptic, and Gospel and Empire, while in part two – Structures – are subsumed Rethinking God, Reworking God’s People, Reimagining God’s Future and the final chapter Jesus, Paul and the Task of the Church. The book is undoubtedly demonstrative of Wright’s approach to Pauline studies.
SUMMARY
In the preface, Wright outlines the argument of his book, hence his method of approaching Apostle Paul, describing the reading of Paul as “a bit like climbing a mountain” . Thus, according to the author, “there are many routes… and those who are used only to the easy tourist path sometimes forget that the scaling of the vertical crags is not only more exciting but might sometimes get you to the top more quickly” . So, what Wright attempts, according to his own words, is to “map various paths, each of which… leads to the summit” . As stated by Wright, the first chapter, Paul’s World, Paul’s Legacy, is intended to serve as a general introduction , which not only sets the scene for the following ones, but also, and perhaps more importantly, introduces his method of understanding Paul’s thought, namely the narrative study of Pauline

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